Change is also afoot in Center Store, where the physical space dedicated to this anchor department continues to recede. Half of retailers report that space once earmarked for shelf-stable food has been repurposed for merchandising fresh. “We’ve cut four feet off of three aisles to expand perishables,” shared one respondent. In an attempt to revitalize Center Store sales, the majority (52.8%) is looking to the store’s well-trafficked perimeter and securing ...

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